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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GONORRHEA AND CHLAMYDIA

 

Oftentimes people get confused between Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. Both these diseases are sexually transmitted diseases and both are bacterial infections. Many patients have trouble in recognizing which disease they are suffering from because of the similarity in the symptoms. However, it is essential to go to your doctor the minute you suspect either Gonorrhea or Chlamydia because both can be serious if ignored. Also, the treatment for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia is not the same so self medication must be avoided. Here are a few differences between Gonorrhea and Chlamydia


GONORRHEA

This disease is caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. This disease is often confused with usual yeast infections as well because common symptoms are itching and burning of the genitals. Both sexes may notice an abnormal yellowish discharge. Like Chlamydia, the cure lies with multiple doses of antibiotics that kills the bacterial germs and cures the itching. It helps to note that a different antibiotic is prescribed for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia because the bacterium involved in both are different. If left untreated, it can cause heart problems and infertility in both men and women.

CHLAMYDIA

This disease is caused by bacteria named Chlamydia trachomatis. It causes painful urination in both men as well as women. This is why many a times both sexes confuse Chlamydia with Urinary Tract Infection. Women often notice the similar burning sensation while urination while men can have a greenish yellow discharge. Women may also notice a mild fever and this further may confuse them to believe that they are suffering from a bladder infection. This disease is more common than Gonorrhea and now has advanced medications where just a single dose of antibiotics can cure this STD. in severe cases Chlamydia can lead to reactive arthritis. If it is not treated, it can lead to infertility. Also, pregnant women suffering from Chlamydia can pass on the disease to the unborn child.



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